The blueprints for the future of some of our police forces were published today. But mixed with the budget cuts was news of police recruitment - and a £1 million fund for organisations that want to cut crime.
Tony Hogg has now been the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall for a month. Jonty Messer has been looking into what the role involves and what challenges lie ahead.
It's a month since Tony Hogg was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. He has a daunting task ahead of him with cuts to policing and rising crime.
Our reporter Bob Cruwys has been talking to him about his mission to engage with the public, many of whom, judging by the turnout at the election, don't really know what he's there to do.
Newly elected Police Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has announced that a permanent appointment of a Chief Constable will be made as soon as possible.
– Tony Hogg, PCC Devon and Cornwall
The Chief Constable will be pivotal in ensuring that the strategic vision to tackle crime in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is carried out day-to-day. I believe that my role as Commissioner and that of the Chief Constable has to be to provide strong leadership and work as a team. That relationship is key to serving people in this area and we will only achieve our aims by working closely together.I have met with Temporary Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and we have agreed that it is in everyone’s interests that a permanent appointment is made at the earliest possible opportunity.
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will take place later. Sue Mountstevens will read an oath to publicly set out her commitment to tackling her new role.
A former Navy commander will oversee Devon and Cornwall's police force for the next four years.
Tony Hogg who used to run RNAS Culdrose was elected as the first police and crime commissioner for the force. The result was declared just after midnight following a marathon count of more than thirteen hours.
Mr. Hogg who stood for the Conservatives polled more than 69,000 votes compared to his nearest rival Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade who got more than 37,000.He stood as an Independent.Eight other candidates were eliminated in an earlier round.
Two of the ten candidates in the election for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall have lost their deposits because they didn't get enough votes.They are Independent candidate Graham Calderwood, a solicitor from Cornwall, and Plymouth businessman Tom MacPherson.
The votes for the original ten candidates for the Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner are now in and the two candidates going forward to the final count have been announced.
They are Conservative Tony Hogg a former commander at RNAS Culdrose and Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade who is standing as an Independent.
The Independent candidate, Sue Mountstevens, has just been appointed Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner. She told our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine that she would fight strenuously any cuts to policing.
She added that her priorities were tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary and violent offences, especially against women and girls.
The first count has finished at the Devon and Cornwall count for a police and crime commissioner. We are expecting to hear the first preferences shortly. The final declaration of the winner is now not expected until around 10 o clock tonight.